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Bass: Teach Yourself

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Get started with the bass guitar. Discover how to approach different rhythms, keys, chords, and more.

Learn how to play the bass guitar. In this easy-to-follow course, guitar virtuoso Jared Meeker starts off with the basics; learn how to tune and hold your bass, familiarize yourself with the parts of the instrument, and get acquainted with tablature. As you progress through the course, Jared introduces you to different rhythms and keys, eventually moving on to more advanced concepts such as playing from chord sheets or tackling rock and roll licks from different eras.

Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.


  • Welcome
1. Getting Started
  • The bass
  • Buying a bass
  • Tuning your bass
  • Holding the bass
  • Fingerstyle or pickstyle?
  • Left-hand technique
  • Getting acquainted with music
  • Getting acquainted with tablature
  • Sound off: How to count time
2. Notes on the First Three Strings
  • Notes on the G or first string
  • The note A
  • Rests
  • Notes on the D or second string
  • Playing notes on the G and D strings
  • Notes on the A or third string
3. More Notes, Scales, and Accidentals
  • The natural minor scale
  • Sharps and naturals
  • Notes on the fourth fret
  • Notes on the E or fourth string
  • Note finding review
  • Flats
  • Note finding review: Flats and naturals
4. Introducing Keys and Eighth Notes
  • Key signatures and the major scale
  • The F major scale
  • The key of B flat
  • Eighth notes
  • Warmups in the keys of F and B flat
  • Bass licks in the keys of F and B flat
  • The key of G
5. New Rhythms, Techniques, and Keys
  • Introducing ties and quarter notes
  • Introducing the slide
  • The accented note
  • Licks and exercises with dotted quarter notes, accents, and slides
  • The 3rd position
  • The key of C
  • Syncopation
  • Syncopated exercises in various keys
  • Rock bass licks with syncopation
  • Heavy metal bass licks with syncopation
6. Playing Up the Neck and a New Key
  • Notes above high C, part 1
  • The key of D
  • Rock licks in G, C, and D
  • Heavy metal licks in G, C, and D
7. New Rhythms and Keys
  • The dotted 8th and 16th note rhythm
  • The key of A
  • Introducing triplets
  • The key of E major
  • Notes above high C, part 2
8. Chords and More
  • Introducing chords
  • Playing from chord sheets, part 1
  • Playing from chord sheets, part 2
  • The 8th rest
  • Notes above high C, part 3
  • Playing from chord sheets, part 3
  • Playing from chord sheets, part 4
  • Notes above high C, part 4
  • Playing from chord sheets, part 5
9. Licks from Different Eras
  • Rock and roll licks from the '50s
  • The 1960s
  • The 1970s
  • The 1980s
  • The 1990s
  • Conclusion and credits

Taught by

Jared Meeker, Ron Manus and Morton Manus


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